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Grown-Up Graphic Novels: Love and Marriage Edition

The fact that Alison Bechdel was named as a 2014 MacArthur Foundation grant recipient shone a spotlight on graphic novels (or comic books, if you prefer the time-honored name) but these illustrated stories … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Brilliant architect Bernadette Fox won a MacArthur genius grant as a budding young architect but after a crushing professional setback, she now resides in a decrepit Seattle house with her … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail by Caroline Clarke

When someone remarks that Caroline Clarke was living a kind of adopted person’s fairy tale, she stops for a moment to reflect on just how true that is. Clarke did … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma

Marcia Garcia is a talented young seamstress caring for two sickly young boys when she meets Farouk Karam, a promising police officer. Karam pursues Marcia despite indications that it might … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

In One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, three African-American girls travel to Oakland, CA to spend the summer with Cecile, the mother who moved and left them behind. It is … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Knockout Games by G. Neri

G. Neri has written a novel about the knockout game, where young kids pick an unsuspecting victim to knock out with one punch. There is assault but no robbery since … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Guest Post on Horn Book website: Using Dear Mr. Henshaw to encourage students to write

I am now a contributor to Horn Book‘s “Lolly’s Classroom” blog. Here is my latest post on using Beverly Clearly’s classic Dear Mr. Henshaw to encourage writing:  Using Dear Mr. … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Out of the Bronx: The Joel Sachs Stories by Jerome Kass

As the title indicates, Out of the Bronx: The Joel Sachs Stories chronicles the life of Joel Sachs from grade school to old age through a series of interconnected short … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

I started reading The Great Greene Heist with a lot of expectation because this book has gotten a lot of buzz. In light of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag and (hopefully ongoing) discussion, … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Cadence “Cady” Sinclair is from a family of moneyed Democrats who summer on a private island near Martha’s Vineyard. Harris Sinclair and Tipper Taft have three blond daughters and a … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 2 Comments
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